North West Vietnam is a home of many hill tribal groups and terraced rice fields while Laos is a country of mountainous natural beauty and stunning scenery. On this cycling adventure our team will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Vietnam and Laos. Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family and learn different cultures from different tribals in many regions. Ride on quiet countryside roads and off the beaten path in Vietnam's stunning North West mountain region before crossing Muan Khua, Laos. Following days, cycle through some of the most truly spectacular jungle-covered limestone mountain landscapes of Northern Laos. Enjoy the peaceful Nam Ou River from your bungalow in Nong Khiaw and explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves before arriving into the cultural capital of Laos, Luang Prabang.

Tour code
Travel style
Tour meets
Tour ends
2 - 3 - 4 star hotels
Single supplement
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Ages to ride
18 years old
Average distance per day
MTB Bike hire
Total cycling distance
E-Bike hire
Small group
Large Group
Price in US$
USD $2775.00 2775.00
Price in VND
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
All entrance fees
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
B = 11 Breakfasts, L = 11 Lunches, D = 10 Dinners
10 nights: double room/ twin room
1 night on train to Lao Cai
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam & Laos
International Flight
Drinks are not included with any meal

Our team will will meet you at your hotels and make a brief and dine with our guide before you board on train. Stay a night on A/C cabinet to Lao Cai. It takes a round 9 night hours

Violette Express Train

The train arrives at the station of Lao Cai at 5:30 am. Our team’ll arrange your breakfast at local restaurant, then a transfer on windy road uphill to Sapa town. Check in and relax until your cycle riding starting from the hotel at 1:00 pm. Ride on the hilly back roads to Dao villages, past rice terrace paddy fields. We will ride on a dirty track to Ta Phin, stop at Ethnic at village’ market to chit chat with Red Dao. Ride to the high roads for a transfer back to Sapa.

BB Hotel Sapa
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Hilly - moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

On your cycling adventure today, you could smell and taste the real life as you cycling on hilly track through particular mountainous scenery, villages and markets on the way to home-stay where we stay tonight. From the hotel, we ride down hill on beautiful back roads with particular scenery along the country roads. We turn right on concrete path to downhill, past the home of Dao before we cross a river to continue our biking to local market of Ethnic people. Stopping and walking around this market and have some photos taken before we bike through rice fields to Tay villages for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue cycling into the home of Red Dao people and stay a night at luxury home-stay by stream

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - moderate/hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Bike routes are imaging today. They are mixed; single track, dirt country road through hills, mountains and valleys. We ride on hilly path along mountain areas through some villages of Tay Ethnic, passing some schools located by hills, remote villages and headquarter of local government. This morning ride gives opportunities to enjoy scenery on valley along the mountain ranges, streams and country back roads. You’ll meet different Ethnic people with colourful customs and having photo taken with them cannot be missed. Then we follow a trail to explore remote area, corn paddy, and many valleys of rice terrace, some young jungles forest, and waterfall. Lunch en route at the home of Tay Ethnic before the afternoon biking to Ban Ho. Today ride is end up here for a transfer back to Sapa.

BB Sapa hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/
25 - 50km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

On your bike ride adventure today is almost all downhill ride from Haven gate to Binh Lu, Tan Uyen and Than Uyen. To avoid pedal up to the Heaven Pass, we’ll have van/bus transfer to its peak. Then we enjoy easy ride bicycling downhill’s on rolling mountain ranges to Binh Lu, then we turn left on to small path, ride rolling hill through villages; see buffaloes on farming land, ride pass many lakes, stopping at family furniture workshop, tiny markets of Ethnic people on back road. Top for lunch in small town before the afternoon ride continue. The easy on flat land and down hills ride passing corn fields, tea and rubber plantations to Than Uyen.

Love Hill Homestay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Most gentle back roads on your cycling adventure today are almost windy and thoroughly mountain ranges, lovely lake, beautiful rivers and jungle area of Son La province. Check out of hotel and start the day ride from hotel, ride out the Than Uyen, then to Muong Kim where we undulate on the minor road, through villages, lush farmlands and hillsides, and sometimes along the rivers. Then back to the main road to Ban Chat hydropower station, where we stop to admire the large hydropower plant and peaceful mountain surroundings of the Reservoir. Afterwards, we climb up some small hills on winding roads and ride alongside the Ban Chat Reservoir and mountainous jungles. The road is tranquil, with many stilt houses along the water’s edge. Lunch en route. In the afternoon, we continue bicycling to Muong Gion, challenge some small hills before downhills, crossing Da River on Pa Uon bridge. Check in the hotel by the river.

Trung Kien Resort ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Ride through the small town of Huynh Nhai, challenge some gentle hills, go through the forests, and enter the Dien Bien province; continue to ride down to Minh Thang, break for coffee, and explore a local market that sale local products made of bamboo. Then ride down to Tuan Giao, which benefits fantastic mountain views, rice terraced, lush valleys, and pass by small villages on the way. Have local speciality dishes at regional in the town of Tuan Giao.

In the afternoon, we'll climb up the Tang Quai Pass, at an elevation of 1700m, and the landscapes are stunning and incredible. The rests are gentle hills undulating along the rivers, passing tiny villages, wooden stilt houses, and small towns along, and the road is more down than up. The road is quiet and smooth through sleepy ethnic villages and sometimes along tranquil rivers to Dien Bien Phu. The historic battle where the Viet Minh defeated the French and forced the French to end it's war in Indochina.

Muong Thanh hotel ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Spend ½ day tour to visit A1 hill, cemetery of Dien Bien Phu, the former military head office of the General De Castries and Dien Bien Phu’s Museum. After lunch, we return to hotel and free to explore town by your own until dinner. 

Muong Thanh Grand hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
support vehicles

Double check your passport before living Vietnam for Laos today. An early start transfers you to Tay Trang border. After we cross land border to Laos, meet our team and continue to discover this country, people and its cultures by bike on following days. From the border, we ride down on smooth road to  Muang Mai before chellange some hills to Hmong village. Lunch is well- prepared in village before we continue riding down, along Nam Ou River to Muang Khua.

Sernnali hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Today we ride downhill through rubber tree plantation, teak tree plantation and jungle forest in the morning. Ride passes small wooden houses, thatch houses and tiny markets along river. In the afternoon, we will take an easy riding past beautiful rice fields, mountainous scenery along Nam Phak River.  There are many breaks along the tribal villages and some gentle hills to speed up then going down to Udomxai.

Charming Lao Hotel ***
Breakfast/ lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
hilly- easy/ moderate
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Today is a challenge day, and along ways as its more than 100 km. Your guide will cut off some serious hills and enjoy the best scenery along undulating roads. To avoid many big hills, we will have a transfer to the top for moderate biking through jungle. Ride past villages of ethnic people, stop and find out where plenty of wild animals’ meat selling on roadside. Stop for lunch at Pak Mong. From the fork/T-junction of Pak Mong, the road to Nong Kiaw is the best. With moderate hilly back roads, past local markets, rice terrace paddy fields and scenery along River bank and limestone mountains allows you challenge some gentle hills on your biking  to the cave, then riding to Nong Khiaw brigde, enjoy sunset as the sun is being down behind the mountains

Mandala Ou Resort ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits

Commence from the hotel with a 30-minute transfer to Pak Mong, turn left and drive furthermore 15 km, then start riding. We pedal on paved along the road, kids riding bicycles to schools, holding umbrellas to avoid getting tan. Umbrellas are very popular used as they can be seen almost everywhere in Laos. It is very helpful because of the long daylight rains and sunshine in mountainous country. Both woman and men are from teenagers to the old.

Take time with your easy time cycling on a smooth road along Nam Ou River. Lunch en-route. Continue today's ride to Nam Ou bridge, turn right on country back roads, bike 20 km through small villages, and view beautiful scenery along the rivers, passing colorful temples, and small markets until riding back to the man road. We end cycling here and hop on the support vehicles for a short transfer to Luang Prabang City. Trip End!

Your own arranged
Breakfast/ Lunch
25 - 70km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
support vehicles
cold water, snacks, fruits


Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

I have just completed my 3rd ride with Vietnam Backroads, having ridden from Hanoi to Saigon in 2012, Mekong Delta/Cambodia 2013 and now Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2014. The trips have been for 2 weeks and private tours with 12 to 15 friends from the South Coast, NSW, Australia. Van again organised an amazing ride for us. He goes out of his way to make sure our trips are memorable ones. I cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism. We are so impressed with our cycling holidays organised by Van that we will be back in 2015 for another memorable cycling trip

Leonie S Jambe…

We did a bike trip with Vietnam Backroads 10 years ago for my 50th bday and decided to do TWO trips for my 60th. (Mekong Delta+PhuQuoc 14 days and Sapa,Vietnam to Luang Prabang, Laos 11day/10nights)

ABSOLUTELY best time ever. Mr. Van and his team of experienced and professional guides delivered two terrific, bespoke experiences, each one highlighting the food, culture, and sights of the regions we visited in a way we felt was only possible because we choose a local company. Because we had done a trip in the Mekong in 2013, we wanted a slightly different route this time around. With our AMAZINGLY knowledgeable and kind guide Mr. DAT, we absolutely saw new places, particularly enjoying the area near the Cambodian border towards the end of our biking and the first night outside of Saigon at the Coco Riverside Lodge. Mr. DAT made our trip extraordinary. We ended our first tour with 7 days on PhuQuoc Island at the La Veranda Resort, with our boat in, hotel, transfers and return flight all arranged by Vietnam Cycling Tours. I highly recommend that as an add on to your bike trip.

We then visited HoiAn on our own before meeting up with Mr. Van and team again in Hanoi. Because this was not our first time, we switched our city tour to a food tour before hopping on the overnight train to Sapa. This flexibility is one of the ways that Mr. Van and his team offer superb customer service. We met our next guide Mr. Kien, who is local to the area and took us on several back roads as we road over 4 days to the LAOS border. Having Mr. Van on our trip as bike mechanic was a HUGE BONUS. His love of cycling and passion for sharing backroads is unmatched.

The final 4 days of ride started at the LAOS border with a new quide, Mr. Somphai, who delighted us with stories, picked the perfect restaurants, and shared insights about his home and culture. We felt like every day was better than the next and then landed in Luang Prabang, another magical place.

We loved our trips with Mr. Van and team at VietnamCyclingTours and cant wait to go back and do another one.
We have done standard and customized tours with this company and both to be high quality. Feb - Mar 2023

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Cycling Vietnam to Laos - Ha Noi to Luang Prabang